Task Force Suggests Review Of Chemical Endangerment Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force members are crafting recommendations to change a state law that has led to pregnant drug users facing felony charges and more.

The Decatur Daily reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1jexk3v ) that committee member Dr. Darlene Traffanstedt presented a recommendation to make sure the law is applied to prevent children from being exposed to meth labs and paraphernalia instead of leading to criminal charges for pregnant women.

The law imposes felony charges for knowingly, recklessly or intentionally exposing children to controlled substances, chemical substances or drug paraphernalia. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the law also applies to fetuses.

The law has come under some scrutiny after Al.com and ProPublica reported (http://bit.ly/1FhYMs4 ) that 479 new and expecting Alabama mothers have been charged between 2006 and 2015.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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